When your Braintree tenants have asked for permission to have a hot tub, you might be thinking about how to respond to their inquiry. However, tenants who buy and install a hot tub usually cover all the costs and maintenance involved. But owning a hot tub on the property may pose serious risks, several of them could end up with costly repairs, litigation, and more. Before allowing your residents to have a hot tub, it’s important first to understand all the risks and benefits that come with it.
When your property doesn’t already have a hot tub or swimming pool, you may be unsure about agreeing to let your tenant install one. Between both, a hot tub is far less expensive and requires far less alteration of the property. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any implications for your property. For instance, most hot tubs must be installed on a concrete pad or another platform, most of which are permanent fixtures. While the padding might be in use while your current tenant is renting the house, what follows when they leave? Will they take the hot tub with them, or leave it behind? If they carry it, are you going to be okay to have an empty concrete pad sitting in your yard? All these are questions you should ask and answer before making a decision.
From the beginning, you might see an opportunity to allow your tenants to have a hot tub. Adding a hot tub to your rental property can provide an attractive feature for future tenants. You can also be able to charge a higher rent instantly by offering either a hot tub pad or a hot tub itself. If your tenant decides to leave the hot tub behind after moving, you could wind up with a nice little bump in your property values.
However, there are several issues to consider, as well. Hot tubs require quite a lot of maintenance. To keep a hot tub clean and properly maintained, it is critical to test and adjust the spa water at least twice a week. The spa filter must be cleaned once a month, and the entire spa drained, scrubbed, and refilled three or four times a year. The spa cover should be removed and aired out twice a week to prevent mold, and the water levels carefully maintained. You may assume your tenant will do all of the upkeep, but imagine a situation where they don’t. A neglected hot tub could become a serious health hazard, at this stage, it is no longer just your tenant’s problem, but yours as well. If your tenant leaves the hot tub behind, the maintenance – and costs involved – are now your responsibility.
Another thing to consider carefully is the increased risk of injury or death. When used properly, hot tubs are relatively safe. But wet surfaces can result in increased slips and falls, and any tub or pool always carries the risk of drowning. Anyone using the hot tub must be carefully supervised and follow proper safety precautions. Trusting your tenant to do this may look like too big of a gamble since injuries from misuse could still become your legal nightmare. Also, several tenants might not want a hot tub for these very reasons, which will reduce your choices of applicants when you seek to find a new tenant next time.
There are many reasons not to allow a hot tub on your Braintree rental property. But if you do decide to allow one, at a minimum, it is important to require a separate agreement to help you mitigate the risks involved. When you want your tenant to remove the hot tub or the concrete pad when they move out, you need to put that in writing, too. Either way, it is important to have a detailed discussion with your tenant about their request and then communicate your decision afterward.
If you’re managing rental properties in Braintree and would like more insight on how to write your lease agreement, the Braintree property managers at Real Property Management Associates can help. Contact us online or call us at 508-509-4485 today.
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